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post #235 of 243
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I just won a new hitting net on ebay. My question is, is there something other than the feeling of a well struck ball to look for when hitting into a net. I've never had one before, and always went by the feel, and flight of the ball, or am I over thinking this..?

In my experience, hitting into a net is great practice IF you record a lot of video and check your alignments as you go. Without that video check up there is definitely a risk of ingraining a bad swing. For me, and my particular issues, a DTL view to check my swing path is essential. 

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post #236 of 243
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Originally Posted by Hammer 4 View Post

I just won a new hitting net on ebay. My question is, is there something other than the feeling of a well struck ball to look for when hitting into a net. I've never had one before, and always went by the feel, and flight of the ball, or am I over thinking this..?
I don't think you're over thinking it, more like seeing it from the wrong angle? A lot of net stuff I do is drills and you don't need to see the flight of the ball at all. Honestly, I'm not hitting it more than 60-70% effort, anyways, so seeing the ball doesn't help much. If you want to see contact, get some impact tape (I've read that foot spray works, too, but I've never tried it myself). Camera is a big help if you have one set up.

I'll practice on my net and periodically hit the range to check on my ballflight.
post #237 of 243
Just adding my 2 cents to this older post based on my (very limited) experience. Had my first lesson this past weekend and after the lesson I was anxious to continue to practice the drills my instructor wanted me to work on so I went to the local driving range. Got there and found out they were out of balls (couldn't retrieve any off the range due to the snow) but they had recently set up mats and nets inside. Had never hit into a net before (I was in the "seems like a waste of time if I can't see where my ball goes" camp) but figured I was there already so why not give it a go.

Turned out to be the best thing for me since it just seemed so much easier for me to focus on my swing and the technique these specific drills were intended to improve. The key (for me at least) was sticking to what my instructor wanted me to practice which was all about ingraining new and better swing fundamentals regardless of ball flight (at least at this point of my "re-training").

I happened to be watching the Golf Channel last night (and not just so I could see Holly) and I think it was Martin Hall who said something like "Exagerate, Exagerate, and then Integrate" when it came to incorporating new swing techniques. I think hitting into a net lets you exagerate those new motions best since you don't get caught up in where the shot is going. I certainly think you also need to see how that eventually translates into a full swing out on an open range so this year I'll be combining both "net" swings and "outdoor" swings into my practice routines, especially for those first few practices after each lesson.
post #238 of 243
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Got the Rukket net for Christmas.  Got home yesterday and opened it then. :dance:

There's snow on the ground so haven't been able to use it. :-\

Supposed to snow another 9 inches this week. :mad:

Unfortunately, it seems like fates against me since it's been super cold for the most part and it seems like it's snowing every week. :censored:

 

I can't practice with my net indoors and have only been able to use it a handful of times in the 8 weeks I've had it. :pound:

 

I'm about to enter one of the two busiest months of my work year so I'll have a very little time to use the mat and net. :surrender:

post #239 of 243

Last winter (I'm in Australia, so from June to August) I did a fair bit of work hitting into a net. By the end of winter I was hitting the ball really well contact wise in the net, and was really excited to get out and play on the course. To my horror though I was hitting everything about 30m left of target with my irons. I hadn't made any huge changes to my swing it was mainly just that I was overly closing the club face at impact. It then took me 3 months of hard practise (3 x 1-2 hour range sessions off grass) to get back to where I had been before the net sessions. That said I am now in a better place than when I started last winter, but I has taken about 7 months to get there. 

 

I will again be working on things hitting into my net, but at least once a week I will be going to range to make sure that I am still hitting the ball roughly where I'm aiming. That's the aim of the game in the end, it doesn't matter what your swing looks like, you need to be able to hit the ball at your target and that's something you can't get an idea of with a net.

post #240 of 243
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Originally Posted by Smilesy View Post
 

Last winter (I'm in Australia, so from June to August) I did a fair bit of work hitting into a net. By the end of winter I was hitting the ball really well contact wise in the net, and was really excited to get out and play on the course. To my horror though I was hitting everything about 30m left of target with my irons. I hadn't made any huge changes to my swing it was mainly just that I was overly closing the club face at impact. It then took me 3 months of hard practise (3 x 1-2 hour range sessions off grass) to get back to where I had been before the net sessions. That said I am now in a better place than when I started last winter, but I has taken about 7 months to get there. 

 

I will again be working on things hitting into my net, but at least once a week I will be going to range to make sure that I am still hitting the ball roughly where I'm aiming. That's the aim of the game in the end, it doesn't matter what your swing looks like, you need to be able to hit the ball at your target and that's something you can't get an idea of with a net.

 

At this point, I'm trying to develop a consistent swing.  So, for someone like me, it's ideal because I need repetition as I concentrate on the first key.  I think for someone more advanced, as your handicap would indicate, that's probably a good strategy. 

post #241 of 243
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At this point, I'm trying to develop a consistent swing.  So, for someone like me, it's ideal because I need repetition as I concentrate on the first key.  I think for someone more advanced, as your handicap would indicate, that's probably a good strategy. 

Camera, Camera, Camera, Camera!!!! Nets are awesome for working on mechanics becuase you can easily focus on one particular piece and not get distracted by how your are hitting the ball on that particular day.

post #242 of 243
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

Camera, Camera, Camera, Camera!!!! Nets are awesome for working on mechanics becuase you can easily focus on one particular piece and not get distracted by how your are hitting the ball on that particular day.

Yeah, I always use my phone's camera when working on my swing. It will do 240fps which really helps. I'm trying to now work out if I can somehow come up with a way to automatically replay each swing after I hit, it really breaks my rhythm when I have to stop and check the video after each one.

post #243 of 243
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Originally Posted by RFKFREAK View Post

 

At this point, I'm trying to develop a consistent swing.  So, for someone like me, it's ideal because I need repetition as I concentrate on the first key.  I think for someone more advanced, as your handicap would indicate, that's probably a good strategy. 
Camera, Camera, Camera, Camera!!!! Nets are awesome for working on mechanics becuase you can easily focus on one particular piece and not get distracted by how your are hitting the ball on that particular day.

Oh, I have an Evolvr account so I use my camera.

That said, unfortunately, the weather has been so bad this winter I haven't been able to use it much.
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